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SaS: We won't hold talks with Smer on European bailout financing

Coalition party Freedom and Solidarity (SaS) says it will not accept an invitation from opposition party Smer for talks on Slovakia’s backing for the European Financial Stability Facility (EFSF) and European Stability Mechanism (ESM), the TASR newswire reported, citing Tatiana Tóthová, spokesperson for SaS leader and Speaker of Parliament Richard Sulík.

Coalition party Freedom and Solidarity (SaS) says it will not accept an invitation from opposition party Smer for talks on Slovakia’s backing for the European Financial Stability Facility (EFSF) and European Stability Mechanism (ESM), the TASR newswire reported, citing Tatiana Tóthová, spokesperson for SaS leader and Speaker of Parliament Richard Sulík.

She said on Wednesday, August 17, that the reason for the refusal was that, based on his statements, the Smer leader Robert Fico is not actually looking for a solution to the eurozone crisis.

"His only objective is to destroy the government and regain power in order to continue robbing the country as was the case throughout his previous administration. His boorishness towards the prime minister (Iveta Radičová of the Slovak Democratic and Christian Union (SDKÚ)) knows no bounds and proves what kind of man he really is," Tóthová said. According to her, it is not possible for SaS to hold talks with someone who exhibits such behaviour and moral standards.

On Tuesday, after holding talks with Radičová about backing for the EFSF, Fico stated at a press conference that the prime minister could not provide any guarantees and that all power lay in the hands of party leaders. Smer, he said, had therefore decided that in the future it would deal solely with the leaders of other parliamentary parties. Even though the vote about the EFSF is the most important political decision since the foundation of the Slovak Republic, Fico said, he is willing to provide his backing only once a majority of votes in the 150-seat parliament is already secured.

Source: TASR

Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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